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Ancala Bioenergy Scoops AD Firm Biogen (Int'l., M&A)
Biogen,Ancala Bioenergy
Date: 2017-04-26
Bedfordshire, UK based food waste-to-biogas specialist Biogen UK Ltd. reports it has been acquired by investment firm Ancala Bioenergy Limited. Terms of the deal have not been released.

Biogen's seven anaerobic digestion plants recycle approximately 250,000 tpy of food waste sourced from supermarkets, food manufacturers, the hospitality industry and others to produce 13MW of renewable energy and a nutrient-rich biofertilizer. London-headquartered Ancala Bioenergy Ltd is an infrastructure investment vehicle managed by Ancala Partners LLP. (Source: Biogen, WMW, 24 April, 2017)Contact: Biogen UK Ltd, + 44 1234 827 249, www.biogen.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ancala Bioenergy,  Biogen,  Biogas,  Anerobic Digestion,  


U.S. DOE Touts Small Business Voucher Collaborations (Funding)
U.S. DOE
Date: 2017-04-26
The U.S. DOE on April 21 announced that 38 small businesses will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program. The SBV facilitates access to the federal agency's national labs for American small businesses. Eight of the DOE national labs will receive funding to partner with 38 competitively selected small businesses nationwide.

In the first two rounds of the program, 12 DOE national labs received funding to partner with 76 small businesses. This new announcement means SBV will have forged partnerships between 114 American small businesses and the national labs.

The eight participating DOE laboratories this time include Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Argonne National Laboratory's Prototype Cell Fabrication Facility, and Sandia National Laboratories' Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility.

The new collaborations are focused on advanced manufacturing, buildings, bioenergy, solar, geothermal, wind energy and others. (Source: USA DOE, 24 April, 2017) Contact: DOE Small Business Voucher Pilot Program, www.sbv.org: Solar and Wind contact Sandia National Lab, David Kistin, (505) 205 – 3598, dkistin@sandia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  U.S. DOE,  


Belgian Minister calls for Offshore Wind Concessions (Int'l)
Belgian State Secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea,
Date: 2017-04-26
In Brussels, Belgian State Secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea, Philippe De Backer, is reportedly calling for the cancellation of concessions for three offshore wind farms that as yet have not begun construction. yet to start construction in the North Sea. De Backer wants the concessions scuppered and a call for tenders issued for the same site so as to reduce the cost of subsidies. The three projects concerned are Seastar and Mermaid, which are being developed by the Otary consortium, and Northwester 2 of Colruyt, InControl, Wagram Invest and TTR Energy.

Belgium is committed to backing nine offshore wind farms and the current concessions at an expected cost of between €3 billion (USD 3.2 billion) and €5 billion for the remaining three projects, according to the L'Echo report. If constructed, the three wind farms could be operational in 2022 or 2023. (Source: L'Echo, Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Belgian State Secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea, Philippe De Backer, www.belgium.be

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


Engie's 50-MW Texas Solar Park Now Online (Ind. Report)
Engie,Solairedirect North America,Engie North America
Date: 2017-04-26
In the Lone Star State, French energy group Engie SA reports that its 50-MW SolaireHolman solar power plant in Alpine, Texas, is now online and supplying electricity to the city of Houston under the terms of a 20-year PPA.

The SolaireHolman facility, which incorporates 203,840 solar panels, was developed and implemented jointly by two Engie subsidiaries -- Solairedirect North America and Houston-headquartered Engie North America. The facility will generate sufficient electric power to meet 10.5 pct of the city's electricity needs. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, Others, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Solairedirect North America, https://www.solairedirect.com; Engie North America, (713) 636-0000, information@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Solar,  Solairedirect North America,  Engie North America,  


Gamesa Takes Lions' Share of India's New Wind Capacity (Int'l)
Gamesa
Date: 2017-04-26
According to media reports, Spanish renewable energy giant and wind turbine maker Gamesa has installed 2,050 MW of wind energy capacity in India in FY2016-17 (between April 2016 and March 2017).

India added a total of 5,400 MW of wind energy capacity; at 2,050 megawatts Gamesa captured 38 pct of the market and has maintained it's position as India's leading turbine manufacturer for the last several years. In FY2014-15, the company commissioned 657 MW, while in FY2015-16 this capacity increased to 1,000 megawatts, translating into a 30 pct share in the Indian market. (Source: Gamesa, CleanTechnica, 24 April, 2017)Contact: Gamesa, +34 948 771 000, www.gamesacorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  India Wind,  


United PV Share Issuance Expected to Raise HK$85.4Mn (Int'l)
United PV,Driven Innovation
Date: 2017-04-26
In Hong Kong, solar investor and developer United Photovoltaics reports it will issue 700,000,000 shares to Driven Innovation at HK$0.95 per share -- representing about 9.39 pct of the company's existing issued share capital. It expects net proceeds to reach HK$664.5 million ($85.4 million). The proceeds will be used for general working capital and business development purposes.

Driven Innovation is an indirect, non-wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing-based financial services provider China Huarong, one of the biggest shareholders of United Photovoltaics. The new subscription expands the group's issued shares from 7,452,032,287 to 8,152,032,287, reducing the stake of its largest shareholder -- China Merchants New Energy (CMNE) -- to 24.52 pct. China Merchants Group indirectly holds a 79.36 pct stake in CMNE.

The company, which recently announced plans to change its name to Panda Green Energy Group, raised HK$223.9 million last month with the issuance of 270,000,000 new shares. In August 2016, the company generated net proceeds of HK$364 million by issuing three-year convertible bonds, exclusively to finance the construction of solar projects. (Source: United PV, PV Mag., Various Media, 24 April, 2017) Contact: United Photovoltaics, +852 3112 8461, ird@unitedpvgroup.com, http://unitedpvgroup.com; Driven Innovation, www.driveninnovation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News United PV,  Solar,  PV,  Driven Innovation,  


BuildingIQ Touts Energy Management Platform (New Prod & Tech)
BuildingIQ
Date: 2017-04-26
Software services provider BuildingIQ reports receipt of a US Patent for its Predictive Energy Optimization™ technology that serves as a cornerstone for its 5i Platform. The platform enables predictive closed-loop control that tunes a building's HVAC settings every four hours and other applications.

BuildingIQ's intelligent energy management platform currently helps optimize operations in more than 950 buildings and approximately 75 million square feet. (Source: BuildingIQ, PR, Bus. Wire, Yahoo, 24 April, 2017) Contact: BuildingIQ, Michael Nark, Pres., CEO , (888) 260-4080, www.buildingiq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BuildingIQ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Giant Tiger Lauded for Roof Top Unit Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association ,GIant Tiger
Date: 2017-04-26
Discount retailer Giant Tiger Stores Limited heports it has been recognized for their management and excellence in commercial building rooftop unit efficiency by the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSMA).

The PRSMA's Advanced RTU Campaign encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace outdated and inefficient rooftop air conditioning/HVAC units with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls for greater energy and cost efficiency energy efficiency.

Giant Tiger reaped a 64 pct installed efficiency gain with 40 pct capacity reduction, saving approximately 30,800 kWh annually. (Source: Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, Giant Tiger Stores Ltd., 24 April, 2017) Contact: Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association Advanced RTU Campaign, www.advancedrtu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Portland Converting Waste-Water Methane to RNG Fuel (Ind. Report)
City of Portland
Date: 2017-04-26
In Oregon, the Portland City Council has approved a measure to convert methane from a city wastewater treatment plant into renewable natural gas (RNG) to replace diesel fuel in city trucks. The project will modify the city's sewage treatment plant on Columbia Boulevard to capture the methane waste which is presently being flared.

The project is expected to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 tpy and generate as much $10 million in annual revenue from the sales of surplus gas through a partnership with Northwest Natural. With that expected revenue, the $12 million project is expected to pay for itself in about 3 to 4 years. (Source: City of Portland, Portland Tribune, KOIN 6 News, 23 April, 2017) Contact: City of Portland, Portland Water Bureau, Nick Fish, Commissioner, (503) 823-4000, www.portlandoregon.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  RNG,  Wastewater,  Alternative Fuel,  


Yukon 2.7-MW Wind Farm Proposal Open for Comment (Ind. Report)
Northern Energy Capital
Date: 2017-04-26
In the Yukon, a wind turbine project proposed by Whitehorse-headquartered Northern Energy Capital for Haeckel Hill would see the installation of three 900-kilowatt wind turbines generate sufficient electric power for up to 525 area homes.

The project, which is now open for public comment, includes construction of an access road, foundations, a transformation station, underground high-voltage cables and underground substation and the upgrading or replacement of existing power lines. There are presently two 1993 vintage wind demo unit on the Haeckel Hill location. The project is now open for public comment. (Source: Northern Energy Capital, Yukon News, April 24, 2017) Contact: Northern Energy Capital, (250) 213-8185, contact@northernenergycapital.com, www.northernenergycapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Energy Capital,  Wind,  


Oncor Seeks Residential Solar, Wind Rate Increase (Ind. Report)
Oncoc
Date: 2017-04-26
In a filing with the Texas PUC, Oncor is seeking a monthly minimum charge on "residential distributed generation" , including residential rooftop solar panels or micro wind turbines.

The utility claims that the personal savings that solar and wind customers are benefiting from have resulted in an increased cost to the rest of its residential customers, effectively raising rates by as much as $2 million. Approximately 10,000 Oncor customers -- .00029 pct of Oncor's 3.4 million customers, have installed solar or wind power at their homes.

Although most Texas solar power proponents disagree with Oncor, many acknowledge that Oncor has been supportive of energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy. Oncor has invested $2 billion to build CREZ lines to the massive wind turbines in West Texas and the panhandle, and has spent $500,000 in energy efficiency credits since 2010 as well as $62 million in solar energy incentives. (Source: Oncor, NBCDFW, 23 April, 2017) Contact: Oncor, (214) 486-2000, www.oncor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oncor,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Suez Canal Economic Zone Calls for $20Bn in Projects (Int'l)
Suez Canal Economic Zone,Siemens,General Electric
Date: 2017-04-26
Reporting from Cairo, the Egypt Independent reports that the Suez Canal Economic Zone is calling for investments totaling $20 billion for the development of 30 energy projects -- including wind and solar -- in the 23 million square-meter Zone. Other projects could include a petrochemical complex, oil refinery, textiles and others.

Among the companies expected to invest and establish facilities in the Suez Canal Economic Zone are Siemens Company for the maintenance of wind turbines and U.S.-headquartered General Electric for the manufacture of wind turbines. (Source: Egypt Independent, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Suez Canal Economic Zone, Ahmed Darwish, Pres., +20 62 3710 421, www.sczone.eg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Siemens,  General Electric ,  


UK Launches "Negative Emissions" R&D Program (Int'l, R&D)
National Environmental Research Council
Date: 2017-04-26
In London, the U.K. government is launching a £8.6 million ($11 million) "negative emissions" research effort to develop technologies to remove CO2 and methane from the atmosphere. The initiative will be coordinated by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC).

The program will fund the investigation of various carbon removal initiatives and technologies, including directly extracting CO2 and methane from the atmosphere, CCS installations and enhancing the ability of soils to absorb carbon. More than 100 researchers at 40 U.K. universities and partner organizations are expected to participate.

According to the four major research groups, given the continuing huge volume of CO2 emissions -- currently 35 to 40 billion tpy -- it will be exceedingly difficult to hold global temperature increases to 2 degrees C (3.6 F) without deploying "negative emissions" technologies. (Source: NERC, Yale E360 Digest, Yale School of Forestry and Environment, 24 April, 2017) Contact: National Environmental Research Council, www.nerc.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Negative Emissions,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Climate Change,  Carbon Storage,  


BTEC Offers Community Biomass Handbook (Ind. Report)
Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Date: 2017-04-26
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) has published the fourth volume of the Community Biomass Handbook. The handbook was developed by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and co-authored by BTEC Director Marcus Kauffman of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The BTEC handbook accompanies BTEC's Wood Energy Financial Calculator, an online pre-feasibility tool, which allows facility managers, project developers, and others interested in modern wood heating to calculate cost and energy savings associated with converting fossil fuel-powered heating systems to wood.

The Wood Energy Financial Calculator is designed to encourage the development of new markets for modern wood heating systems, expand the use of wood heating in high-performance buildings, and show the viability of wood as a heating source in rural communities.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of 100 biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies, and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean, and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. The organization is involved in biomass thermal energy R&D, education, and public advocacy.

Access the handbook HERE. (Sources: USDA, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Canadian Biomass, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Jeff Serfass, Exec. Dir., www.biomassthermal.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass Thermal Energy Council,  Thermas Energy,  


U.S. Cuts Carbon Footprint from Power Production (Ind. Report)
U.S.DOE
Date: 2017-04-26
According to a US DOE, US electric power plants have cut carbon emissions by about 5 pct per year for the second consecutive year.

The decline is being partially credited to more energy efficient technology including that related to appliances, buildings, and power plants, as well as a shift from coal to natural gas by electric generating power plants, warmer winters and the resultant reduction in heating requirements.

Climate pollution resulting from electric power generation was the single highest source of carbon emissions until 2016. The transportation sector now accounts for the highest level of carbon emissions in the country with gasoline consumption up by 7.5 pct since 2014, a trend that is likely to continue. Continued reductions in climate pollution may reverse direction as recent trends point to increasing economic growth and thus rising demands for electricity. (Source: U.S. DOE, EDM Digest, 24 April, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  U.S. DOE,  


Notable Quote
Paris Agreement
Date: 2017-04-26
"Washington (Trump) won't determine the fate of our ability to meet our Paris commitment. And what a tragedy it would be if the failure to understand that led to an unraveling of the agreement." -- Micheal Bloomberg,

Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. His net worth is estimated at $47.5 billion, as of March 2017, ranking him as the 8th richest person. (Source: AP, 23 April, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Energy Inspectors Scores 2017 ENERGY STAR Award (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR,Energy Inspectors Corp.
Date: 2017-04-26
Las Vegas-headquartered residential energy efficiency specialist Energy Inspectors Inc. reports it has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winner for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

Energy Inspectors Inc. annually certifies the energy efficiency of tens of thousands of new homes to federal, state and municipal program standards, as well as programs sponsored by utilities and private "above code" organizations such as US Green Building Council LEED and Build It Green. (Source: Energy Inspectors Corp., PR, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Energy Inspectors Corp., John Gilbert, Pres., (702) 365-8080, www.energyinspectors.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Connecticut Considers $15 per ton Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Heartland Institute
Date: 2017-04-26
According to the Heartland Institute, a proposal being considered by the Connecticut state legislature would establish a carbon-dioxide tax on fossil fuels, including gasoline, natural gas, coal, propane, and other petroleum product beginning in 2019. If passed, the tax would begin at $15 per ton in the first year and increase by at least $5 per ton for each subsequent year. The tax would not, however, come into effect until neighboring Massachusetts and Rhode Island also passed similar carbon-dioxide tax legislation.

The Connecticut tax is expected to raise gasoline prices 13 cents per gallon while home heating oil prices would jump by 16 cents per gallon. The carbon tax would also establish a "clean energy and jobs account" to help residents and employers transition to cleaner energy options and mitigate any potential economic harm from the carbon fee imposed, including direct dividends to both employers and state residents. (Source: Heartland Inst. 24 April, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heartland Institute,  Carbon Tax,  


Friday UK's First Coal-Free Day Since Industrial Revolution (Int'l)
UK National Grid
Date: 2017-04-24
In the UK, the National Grid reports that Friday, April 21 was the first 24-hour coal-free period for the production of electricity, not for industrial uses such as steel production, in Britain since the Industrial Revolution.

Until Friday, the longest continuous period was 19 hours achieved on a weekend last May, and matched again on Thursday, 20.

In 2016, UK coal consumption for electric power generation dropped to just 9 pct, down from 23 pct in 2015. The country's last coal power plant is slated to be shuttered in 2025 as part of a government plan to phase out the use of coal to meet its climate change commitments. (Source: UK National Grid, Guardian, 21 April, 2017) Contact: UK National Grid, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caol,  UK National Grid,  


Windy City Wins Energy Efficiency Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
Chicago,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-04-24
In recognition of its energy efficiency strategies and initiatives the City of Chicago, and its building energy benchmarking ordinance in particular, the City of Chicago is receiving the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for leveraging ENERGY STAR tools and resources, including integration of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® as a critical tool and vital program component. The city's building energy benchmarking ordinance requires commercial, industrial, and residential buildings more than 50,000 square feet to track and report whole-building energy use.

Chicago is also being recognized for:

  • Partnering with multiple organizations to create the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Working Group, including the U.S. Green Building Council -- Illinois and the City Energy project, to provide over 40 training sessions on Portfolio Manager:
  • Increasing enrollment in the number of customers obtaining data from utilities from 300 buildings to more than 3,300 buildings between 2014 and 2016:
  • Generating approximately $11.6 million in energy costs/year and 188,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually in energy savings across buildings that benchmarked consecutively for three years:
  • Facilitating more than 10,000 support interactions through the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center;
  • Assisting more than 100 properties, on a pro bono basis, with benchmarking and data verification:
  • Supporting 15 properties in the National Building Competition BOOTCAMP, including two properties also participating in the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge. (Source: City of Chicago, US EPA, April, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Chicago,  Energy Efficiency ,  Energy Benchmarking,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • Vermont Opposes Stalled Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
    Vermont
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In Montpelier, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan reports that the State of Vermont has joined two multi-state actions to force the US Department of Energy (DOE) to finalize energy conservation standards for several consumer and commercial products including ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and commercial boilers.

    According to DOE estimates, the standards that being blocked would combine to eliminate emissions of 292 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 734 thousand tons of the pollution that creates soot and smog, 1.2 million tons of the potent climate change pollutant methane, and over 1,000 pounds of highly-toxic mercury, over a 30-year period. Over this same period, the Appliance Standard Awareness Project estimates that the efficiency standards would together save over 443 billion kWh of electricity -- the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of over 36 million households. The DOE itself estimates that the six standards would provide net savings to consumers and businesses of approximately $23.8 billion.

    The coalition of states challenging the delay on efficiency standards includes Vermont, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York. The same coalition, plus the Attorney General of Maryland, is sending a 60-day notice of intention to sue to the DOE regarding the other standards. (Source: Office of Vermont Attorney General, Vermont Business, Others, April, 2017) Contact: Vermont Attorney General, T.J. Donovan, (802) 828-1371, www.atg.state.vt.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Brittany Offshore Wind Project Nearing Construction (Int'l Report)
    Ailes Marines,Iberdrola
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In France, Ailes Marines, the Iberdrola and AVEL VOR jointly owner French company in charge of developing, constructing, and operating the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc in Brittany, is reporting receipt of the necessary regulatory permits for construction.

    The 496 MW project, which will incorporate 62 Adwen 8 MW wind turbines, is the first large-scale offshore wind energy development in Brittany, and one of the first in France. The project is expected to generate 1,850 GWh of electricity per year, approximately equivalent to the needs of 850,000 households. (Source: Ailes Marines, CleanTechnica, Others, April 21, 2017) Contact: Ailes Marines, +33 9 6741 8951, www.eolienoffshoresaintbrieuc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


    Enel Green's Red Dirt Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Enel Green Power North America reports it has begun construction of the $420 million, 300 MW Red Dirt wind farm in Oklahoma. The project has signed two long-term PPAs -- one with Grand River Dam Authority and the second with new corporate partner, T-Mobile.

    Upon completion and commissioning, the project will raise Rnel Green's cumulative capacity up to nearly 1,500 MW. (Source: Enel Green Energy North America, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Energy North America, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power ,  Wind,  


    Invenergy, SB Energy Tout Joint Japanese Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Invenergy,SB Energy Corp
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Chicago-based Invenergy reports it has partnered with SB Energy Corp., the energy arm of SoftBank Group Corp, to jointly develop two solar projects in Japan with a combined capacity of over 20 MW.

    Invenergy Japan GK and SB Energy Corp will develop, finance, build and operate the 10.5 MW Queens Solar farm in Fukushima Prefecture and the 10.4 MW Koumi Kogen Solar park in Nagano Prefecture. The two projects are slated to be operational in fiscal 2018.

    Invenergy Japan holds a 60 pct stake in each of the two project companies, while SB Energy holds the balance. The partners plan to collaborate on the development of additional projects, according to the announcement.(Source: Invenergy, PR, SB Energy Corp, Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact: SB Energy Corp., www.softbank.jp/en/energy; Invenergy, Amy Francetic, Snr. VP New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


    Acciona's 132-MW Aussie Wind Farm Inderway (Int'l. Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Spanish energy developer Acciona Energy SA reports that its wind energy unit has broken ground on the 132-MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria.

    The $258-million AUS project, which will utilize 44 Nordex AW125/3000 wind turbines, capable of generating some 429 GWh of electricity per year, is expected to be completed and commissioned in July, 2018. The wind farm will sell its power on the wholesale electricity market and the Victorian State government will purchase the renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from a 66-MW portion of the plant over a period of up to 10 year. (Source: Acciona Energy,Renewables Now, Others, 19 April, 2017)Contact: ACCIONA Energy, Ilya Hartmann, CEO, (312) 673-3000, info@accion-na.com, www.acciona.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    Oil-Soaked Saudis Plan Massive Renewables Investments (Int'l)
    Saudi Arabia
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Oil soaked Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister reports his country is aiming to produce 10 pct of its power from renewable energy sources and plans complete and bring on line 30 solar and wind energy projects totaling 9.5 GW by 2023. The 30 projects are expected to cost approximately $30 billion to $50 billion in total, according to the Ministry. The projects are intended to help cut the country's dependency on oil. (Source: Saudi Arabia Energy Ministry, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 18 April, 2017) Contact: Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, www.mopm.gov.sa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy,  


    Macy's, SunPower Dedicate Macy's Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2017-04-24
    New York City's iconic retail giant Macy's Inc. is reporting the commissioning and dedication of the last of 21 solar arrays, totaling 15 MW, on several of its US department store locations. Macy's financed the majority of the projects through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

    SunPower designed and installed the solar arrays featuring the SunPower Helix Roof product, including battery storage systems at three stores in Southern California. (Source: Macy's, Maryland, SunPower Corp , Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar PV,  SunPower,  Solar,  


    American Coalition for Ethanol Submits EPA Reform Priorities -- Report Attached (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2017-04-24
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has submitted the attached comments to the EPA about the regulatory changes it wants for ethanol. The comments are in response to the Trump administration's EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's task force to review existing EPA regulations.

    "Today, in most parts of the country, retailers are now allowed to sell E-15 in the summer months. That's because EPA has refused to update a regulation regarding evaporative emissions for fuel. E-15 is the cleanest fuel approved for most cars on the road today. We all know we're sitting on surplus stocks of corn today and low corn prices. So at the end of the day, this is about increasing demand for corn and providing a valuable market for farmers," says ACE.

    Brian Jennings, Executive VP of the coalition, says the top priority for his group is having the EPA revise emissions standards to allow E-15 and higher ethanol blends to be sold year round. Jennings says the EPA should also update the life cycle analysis of corn ethanol, reevaluate the EPA's interpretation of the Clean Air Act and streamline the approval process for higher octane fuel blends.

    Read the complete ACE comments HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, April 12, 2017) Contact: ACE, Brian Jennings, Exec. VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


    Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel Dumping Charge Investigated (Int'l)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In the nation's capitol, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) reports it is formally initiating anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The action follows a petition that was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the NBB and U.S. biodiesel producers.

    According to the NBB, Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel, and are injuring American manufacturers and workers. Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 pct from 2014 to 2016 and taken 18.3 pct of market share from U.S. manufacturers. According to the Commerce Department there is evidence that dumping margins could be as high as 26.54 pct for Argentina and 28.11 pct for Indonesia. (Source: NBB, April, 2017) Contact: NBB, (573) 635-7913, info@biodiesel.org, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  National Biodiesel Board ,  Biodiesel,  


    Green Bond Issuance Jumps 42 pct in Q1, 2017 (Int'l. Report)
    UNEP, Climate Bond INitiative
    Date: 2017-04-24
    According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, the green bonds market has experienced more than $20 billion issuance in January-March 2017. Globally, total green bonds issuance stood at $21.76 billion during the first quarter of 2017, up nearly 42 pct from the issuance during the same period last year. Approximately $81 billion of green bonds were issued in 2016, up from just $3 billion in 2012.

    A remarkable $11.84 billion was issued in November 2016 alone, almost 14 per cent of the total issuance that year. Various private and government organizations have issued green bonds, from Apple and Toyota to the French government and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Currently Europe is leading the green bonds market, with numerous Europe-based mutual funds focusing on green bonds -- the Allianz Green Bond fund, the AXA WF Planet Bonds fund and NN Investment Partners' NN (L) Euro Green Bond fund. France, Iberdrola, and Enel have issued a total of $10.39 billion in green bonds -- representing around 48 pct of the total issuance for Q1, 2017, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative.

    A growing number of U.S. fund companies are now looking to tap into investor demand for these bonds. The significant growth in the green bonds market has made the Climate Bonds Initiative raise its issuance estimate for this year from $130 billion to $150 billion. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, UNEP, 19 April, 2017)Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net; UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, unepinfo@unep.org, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Bonds Initiative,  UNEP,  


    London Advances Ultra Low Emissions Zone Enforcement (Int'l)
    London
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reporting that the city's introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been bumped up to April 2019, instead of in September 2020.

    Under the 24/7 ULEZ, all vehicles that travel through the ULEZ that do not meet zone's exhaust emission standards will be liable to £12.50 per day fine. The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.

    The Mayor previously announced the introduction of a Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) for London's most polluting vehicles, coming into effect on 23 October 2017. The T-Charge will apply to cars which do not meet Euro IV emission standards, and will be in force weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

    A growing number of major cities around the world are beginning to take similar actions, with selective diesel car bans and periodic car bans proving the most common. (Source: UNEP, April, 2017)Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, unepinfo@unep.org, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


    85 GW of Solar Capacity Installations Expected in 2017 (Int'l)
    Greentech Media
    Date: 2017-04-24
    According to recent Greentech Media (GTM) research, China's record solar demand has shifted global solar photovoltaic (PV) projections for 2017, In 2016, global installed capacity exceeded 78 GW -- up from 51 GW the previous year – largely thanks to Chinese demand, which surpassed 34 GW. Chinese domestic demand has raised global demand estimations from 7 pct global PV market contraction in 2017 to 9.4 pct growth, with a 5.3 pct compound annual growth rate through 2022. GTM estimates that up to 85 GW of solar capacity could be installed in 2017 -- more than double the installed capacity in 2014. China is on track to install approximately 30 GW of this 2017 total. Global solar installations are, however, expected to grow by less than 1 per cent from 2017 to 2018. (Source: Greentech Media, UNEP, April, 2017)Contact: Greentech Media, www.greentechmedia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  China Solar,  Greentech Media,  


    Canadians Following Trump's Lead in Stalling Methane Regulations (Int'l., Reg & Leg)
    Methane Emissions
    Date: 2017-04-24
    It is being widely reported that the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will put the kibosh on its plan to regulate cuts to methane emissions in the oil and gas sector for approximately 3 years. The Prime Minister appears to be following the Trump administration's executive order stalling the previous Obama administration's commitments to methane cuts.

    In January 2015, Obama administration announced a plan to slash methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector between 40 and 45 pct over 2012 levels by 2025. Canada agreed to match that in March 2016.

    The U.S. issued initial regulatory standards in May 2016 and issued new reporting requirements for companies to submit data on equipment and operations to better track methane emissions. The Trump administration's EPA eliminated those new reporting requirements and Trump ordered that the methane emissions standards be re-evaluated.

    Canada was to issue its first regulations this spring for implementation between 2018 and 2020. Now the regulations will not be fully in place until 2023. Even so, the Liberal government says it remains committed to cutting methane emissions 40 to 45 pct over 2012 levels by 2025. (Source: Waterloo Chronicle, Various Canadian Media, CP, 21 April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


    SUNY Genesco Advancing Biodiesel, Algae Biofuel Programs (Ind. Report)
    SUNY Genesco
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In the Empire State, SUNY's Geneseo State College eGarden is reporting the upgrading of its solar and wind energy system to support it biodiesel and eGarden biofuels operations.

    The eGarden, which presently converts 1,200 - 1,400 gpy of on-campus sourced waste vegetable cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, is currently developing the capacity to convert algae into biodiesel fuel. (Source: Genesco State College, 20 April, 2017) Contact: Genesco State College, (585) 245-5211, www.geneseo.edu; SUNY, www.suny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY,  Algae,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel ,  


    Fortistar Touts CNG, Landfill Gas, Biomass Success (Ind. Report)
    Fortistar
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In the Empire State, White Plains-headquartered Fortistar reports that it avoided 2.125 million tons of GHG emissions in 2016 -- the equivalent of driving from NYC to Los Angeles almost six times.

    The company builds, owns and operates natural gas cogeneration facilities, landfill gas to energy and biomass electreic generating plants and CNG fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada. Fortistar companies include TruStar Energy, Primary Energy Recycling, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Clock.In and Carbonfree Chemicals.

    Fortistar's investment and operational projects include:

  • 100+ compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations built or managed in states across the United States, including Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and California by portfolio company TruStar Energy;
  • 31 renewable LANDFILL GAS to energy facilities with 180MW capacity for municipalities in Los Angeles, CA, Prince William County, VA and various locations for the Department of Defense;
  • 298MW of combined heat and power (CHP) electrical generating capacity and 1.8M lbs./hour combined steam generating capacity created by portfolio company Primary Energy Recycling for manufacturing plants in Illinois and Indiana; and
  • 65MW of renewable energy capacity generated by BIOMASS in Canada. (Source: Fortistar, Business Wire, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, Pres., (914) 421=4900, info@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  Landfill Gas,  Biogas,  CNG,  Biomass,  


  • Calgren Renewable Fuels Expanding Biogas Network (Ind. Report)
    Calgren Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Further to our April 7th coverage, Tulare County, California-headquartered ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels reports it is permitting some 20 miles of new pipeline in Tulare County to connect approximately 15 Pixley-area dairies to Calgren's biofuel production plant on Highway 99. The company currently connects to just one dairy but will increase biogas volumes by as much as 20 times when the project connects to additional area dairies by the end of 2017 and into next year.

    Calgren is also building a $9 million, 5 million gpy biodiesel plant at their site using some $3.5 million in grant monies from the California Energy Commission, The new biodiesel fuel will be sold into the Fresno market. (Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Visala Times-Delta, Others, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Calgren Renewable Fuels ,  Biodiesel,  


    Indian Commercial Coal Bed Production Underway (Int'l)
    Reliance Industries
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India-headquartered industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries reports it has begun commercial production from its coal bed methane (CBM) block at Sohagpur in Madhya Pradesh. The block resumed production on 24 March and is currently supplying CBM for commissioning the Shahdol Phulpur Pipeline.

    To date, Reliance Industries has drilled more than 200 wells connected to two Gas Gathering Stations in the first phase of development. The company expects to drill a further 600-800 wells and develop associated infrastructure over the next phases of development. (Source: Reliance Industries, Business First Post, 23 April, 2017) Contact: Reliance Industries, www.ril.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  Coal Bed Methane,  Methane,  


    LG Chem Intros Home Energy Storage Systems to NA (Ind. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Following on our July 18, 2016 coverage, South Korea-headquartered LG Chem reports it is now offering its residential energy storage systems in the US and Canada in sizes from 3.3 kWh to 9.8 kWh for both AC and DC installations.

    The company will continue to work with Sunrun and is talking with other companies to expand its distribution throughout the US and Canada. Already the company is working with other companies to ensure its systems are compatible with their systems. (Source: LG Chem, 21 April, 2017) Contact: LG Chem Peter Gibson, ESS Sales, LG Chem, Kwon Young-soo, Pres., Battery Div., Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


    KEPCO Enters US Virtual Power Plant Market (Ind. Report)
    Korea Electric Power Corp,KEPCO
    Date: 2017-04-24
    The state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) is reporting will enter the rapidly growing virtual power plant (VPP) market in the United States and, to that end, has inked an agreement with lithium polymer battery maker KOKAM and Sunverge, the San Francisco-based renewable energy management firm and ESS maker, to conduct VPP business.

    Sunverge's VPP platform integrates conventional power sources with renewable energy by using information and communication technologies and internet of things (IoT) devices to provide a reliable power supply. An efficient and reliable ESS system is the key to running the VPP. The U.S. ESS market is expected to reach $2.8 billion in 2021, up sharply from $280 million in 2016, in line with the increasing use of solar, wind and other renewable energy, according to Sunverge.

    The three companies agreed to take part in the $50 million project, initiated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), to install solar panels and ESS on fire stations, police stations and other public buildings, as well as creating a power management system. (Source: KEPCO, PR, Korean Times, 24 April, 2017)Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng; KOKAM, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com Sunverge, Kenneth Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge,  KOKAM,  Korea Electric Power,  KEPCO,  Energy Storage,  


    Salt River Project Announces Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Salt River Project
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Arizona-based NextEra Energy Resources' Salt River Project (SRP) public power utility has signed a 20-year PPA for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery storage project that will be located in Pinal County, Ariz. Under the PPA, SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the Pinal Central Energy Center, located near Coolidge.

    SRP will build and own the single-axis tracking, 20 MW solar PV facility and combine it with a 10 MW lithium-ion energy storage system. The project is expected to begin operations by the year end. The SRP board has also approved a second separate grid-scale battery storage project and has set a goal of supplying 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020. (Source: SRP, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Little Sioux Corn Processors Still Expanding (Ind. Report)
    Little Sioux Corn Processors
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In Marcus, Iowa, Little Sioux Corn Processors, which first came online in April 2003 by grinding 18 million bushels of corn to produce 40 million gpy of ethanol, reports it has since it first production ramped-up capacity to 141 million gpy from 50 million bpy of corn. Now, the company has approved an increase in production capacity to 165 million gpy from 1 million bushels of corn per week in 2018. (Source: Little Sioux, Sioux City Journal, April, 2017) Contact: Little Sioux Corn Processors, Steve Roe, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Little Sioux Corn Processors,  Corn,  Ethanol,  


    UConn, Eversource Tout Energy Efficiency Work (Ind. Report)
    Enersource,University of Connecticut
    Date: 2017-04-24
    The University of Connecticut (UConn) and Boston-based Eversource Energy are reporting completion of campus-wide energy efficiency upgrades aimed at reducing UConn energy costs and enhancing the university's overall sustainability efforts.

    Upgrades include an energy-efficient LED green lighting system that cuts power consumption by as much as 75 pct while allowing dimming and remote control capabilities, the installation of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to regulate air handlers and the replacement of the original chillers and cooling towers with modern equipment for more efficient heating and cooling.

    The UConn -- Eversource long-term plan takes a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to energy management at all of UConn's campuses and allows the university to better forecast its budget for future improvement projects. To date, UConn and Eversource have completed nearly 80 projects to save approximately 9.5 million kWh of electricity and $1.5 million in energy cost savings. (Source: UConn, PR, Metro-Hartford Alliance, April, 2017) Contact: UConn, Richard Miller, Director of the Office of Environmental Policy, (860) 486-8741, rich.miller@uconn.edu, ecohusky.uconn.edu/energy; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  University of Connecticut,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Sierra Club Lauds PNM's Coal Phase-Out Plans (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    PNM,Clean POwer Plan
    Date: 2017-04-24
    The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Commentary has issued the following in response to the Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) proposal to eliminate coal from its energy portfolio by 2031: "PNM's announcement that early retirement of San Juan and Four Corners coal plants will save customers money is a clear demonstration that coal is no longer economically sustainable.

    "Across the nation, utilities are planning early retirements for coal plants, including San Juan, Four Corners and Navajo Generating Station, because coal is simply being 'outcompeted' by less expensive energy sources, including wind, solar and energy efficiency.

    "These announcements point to why it is so important to prepare for the inevitable transition to clean energy. We must take this economic shift seriously and examine how we can support workers and the communities that have lived in the shadow of pollution. The Four Corners' vast solar potential and massive transmission network can create clean energy jobs and provide affordable, reliable energy to the region. This will require immediate and thoughtful action from PNM, the state, local government, and other local stakeholders.

    "It is time to stop investing in technologies of the past - PNM's 2014 purchase of shares in Arizona's Palo Verde nuclear plant forced a large rate increase onto consumers last year. PNM should avoid purchasing another large share of an aging nuclear plant and all the liability that comes with it. Renewable energy, storage and energy efficiency are increasingly cheaper, safer, cleaner investments, and they protect our families in the bargain. (Source: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter , PR, April 21, 2017) Contact: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Camilla Feibelman, Director, (505) 243-7767, www.riograndesierraclub.org; PNM, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  PNM,  Coal,  PNM,  


    Soft-Lite Windows Win 2017 ENERGY STAR Award (Ind. Report)
    Soft-Lite Windows,ENERGY STAR,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Soft-Lite Windows reports that for the fourth consecutive year it has been recognized by the U.S. EPA's 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.

    Soft-Lite was recognized for a new high-performance and efficiency double-pane window glass designed specifically to ensure that all Soft-Lite windows would continue to be ENERGY STAR certified under the new Version 6.0 criteria. (Source: Soft-Lite, PR, ENERGY STAR, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Soft-Lite, Tyson Schwartz, VP Marketing, www.soft-lite.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Orion Awarded $1.9Mn Navy LED Lighting Contract (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems, U.S. Navy
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In the Badger State, Manitowoc-based energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products maker Orion Energy Systems reports it has secured $1.9 million in new contracts with the U.S. Navy to retrofit two naval bases with Orion's newest LED lighting systems which are compliant with the U.S. "Buy American Act." Installations are in process and expected to be complete by November 2017.

    Including this project, Orion has secured a total of $13.8 million in lighting retrofit projects for 15 naval facilities of various sizes and mission scopes since 2003.

    Orion systems incorporate patented design elements that deliver significant energy, efficiency, optical, and thermal performance that drive financial, environmental, and work-space benefits for a wide variety of customers, including nearly 40 percent of the Fortune 500, according to Orion. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, PR, Bus.Wire, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, (920) 482-0520, www.orionlighting.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  U.S. Navy,  


    New Solar Plant will Charge Huge Battery for SRP
    NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
    Date: 2017-04-23
    NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary Salt River Project is reporting the signing of a 20-year PPA for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County. SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the Pinal Central Energy Center, located near Coolidge, which will be constructed and owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. A subsidiary of will build a single-axis tracking, 20 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic generation facility at the site and combine it with a 10MW lithium-ion energy storage system.

    The SRP Board has set a goal to meet 20 percent of SRP’s retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020. Currently, SRP is on schedule to meet the goal of delivering 15.9 percent of retail requirements through sustainable resources by the end of the fiscal year by using solar, wind, geothermal, hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users. (Source: Salt River Project, PR, 20 April, 2017) Contact: Salt River Project, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500 NextEra Energy Resources

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources news,  Salt River Project news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  


    UNEP Reports Record 2016 Renewables Investment Levels (Int'l)
    United Nations Environment Programme
    Date: 2017-04-12
    According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) newly published Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 Report global investment in renewable energy for 2016 came in at $241.6 billion, 23 pct less than in 2015, but nevertheless helped to deploy 138.5 GW of new renewable energy capacity (excluding large-hydro), a rise of 8 pct from the 127.5 GW installed in 2015. Even so, the report found that the total investment level was the lowest it has been since 2013, due in large part to falling costs, rather than a drop in demand.

    The report found that in developing countries, renewable energy investment fell by 30 pct to only $117 billion in 2016, while that in developed economies fell 14 pct to $125 billion. China's renewable energy investment fell by 32 pct to $78.3 billion, while countries such as Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, and Morocco all saw 60 pct or more decreases. (Source: UNEP, Various Media Others, April 7th, 2017 ) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, unepinfo@unep.org, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Nations Environment Programme,  UNEP,  Renewable Energy,  


    Trump's Vehicle Emissions Standard Order Could Hamper RI's Emissions Goals, says Brown Univ. Prof. (Ind. Report)
    Brown University
    Date: 2017-04-12
    According to Brown University climate policy professor Timmons Roberts, President Trump's executive orders on energy could affect the Ocean State's goals to reduce greenhouse gases 45 pct below 1990 levels. Roberts adds that Rhode Island will likely maintain that goal no matter what comes out of the White House. Even so, some parts of the executive order -- which could reduce vehicle emissions standards -- will make Rhode Island's goals more difficult to obtain, Roberts added.

    Earlier this month, the state unveiled ambitious goals to produce 1000 MW of clean energy by 2020. But, since the President's executive order will likely bolster fossil fuel producers, fossil fuels are likely to become less expensive. "If the fossil fuels are given such a boost, if they get sort of an unfair advantage, it's going to make it harder for the renewables to compete in the marketplace and we may see more fossil fuels going back onto the electric grid," said Roberts.

    Roberts and other environmental advocates are pushing a statewide carbon tax to help mitigate the effects of carbon emissions from fossil fuels. (Source: Brown University, Rhode Island Public Radio, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brown University, Professor Timmons Roberts, Climate Policy, www.brown.edu/academics/institute-environment-society/people/details/j-timmons-roberts

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Trump Tower High on Energy Inefficiency (Ind. Report)
    Trump.Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-04-12
    According to a new report by ALIGN, NY, a not-for-profit coalition of labor and community organizations with an environmental bent, many buildings owned by Pres. Donald Trump and his "advisor at large" son-in-law Jared Kusher are among the least energy efficient buildings in the Big Apple.

    The ALIGN report found that Trump International Hotel on Columbus Circle and Trump SoHo use more energy than 70 to 79 pct of large hotels in the city, while Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue uses more energy than 93 pct of the city's largest residential complexes. The Mayfair, a Trump hotel-to-condo conversion, consumes more energy than 98 pct of comparable multifamily buildings. The Kushner family–owned 666 Fifth Avenue uses more energy than 85 pct of large office buildings, the study noted.

    The bulk of the city's carbon footprint stems from heating, cooling, and powering its soaring skyscrapers. While New York City has voluntary programs designed to reduce its emissions. According to ALIGN it's time to administer mandatory rules. (Source: ALIGN, Habitat, Daily News, 4 April, 2017) Contact: ALIGN NY, (212) 631-0886, contact@alignny.org, http://alignny.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Trump,  


    Pongamia Oil-Seed Biofuels Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
    Alexander & Baldwin,TerViva
    Date: 2017-04-12
    In Hawaii, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., an established company with diverse agricultural holdings, reports it is close to formalizing a partnership with Oakland, California-based TerViva, a seed oil producing company, on a 250-acre, Maui demonstration project to produce biofuels from the pongamia, a long-living tree from India and Australia. TerViva will grow the pongamia and manage the project with support from A&B. The project is expected to get underway as early as next month.

    Pongamia is an orchard crop that can be grown with little or no irrigation. The seed oil from the tree may be used to produce biofuels and the residual pongamia seed cake, which is high in nitrogen and protein, can be used in fertilizer, animal feed supplements or as a feedstock for other bioenergy, including biogas production, according to the company's website. (Source: Alexander & Baldwin, Maui News, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Alexander & Baldwin Inc., www.alexanderbaldwin.com; TerViva, www.terviva.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pongamia,  OilSeed,  Biofuel,  

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